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THE MAIDEN

THERE ONCE WAS A MAIDEN SO FAIR,
HER BRIGHT BLUE EYES AND GOLDEN HAIR;
BUT HER LIFE WAS RUINED BY A TWIST OF FATE,
THE STORY'S AWFUL, I'M SAD TO RELATE.
YES, THE TALE IS TRUE, FOR I WOULD NOT LIE,
I HEARD IT ONE NIGHT WHILE I WAS STILL HIGH;
I HAVE WRITTEN IT JUST AS SHE TOLD IT TO ME,
AND THE PAIN HAS MADE ME SICK AS CAN BE.
"I LEFT HIM FLAT; FOR HE TREATED ME CRUEL;
FOR NOW I SEE THAT I WAS A FOOL,
HE'S UGLY AND DIRTY AND SMELLS LIKE A HORSE,
AND THAT'S WHY I DECIDED TO GET A DIVORCE."
"I WAS JUST TWENTY WHEN THE MESS DID START,
HE SAID HE WOULD LOVE ME TILL DEATH DO US PART;
LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT THE DAY WOULD SOON COME,
WHEN I WOULD GET WISE TO THAT NO-GOOD BUM.
"NOW I AM HAPPY AND FINALLY FREE,
TO THINK, DO, AND SAY WHAT I PLEASE;
SO FOR A LITTLE ADVICE BEFORE YOU MARRY,
BE SURE YOUR HUSBAND IS NOT BIG AND HAIRY."
"SO WHEN THE MAN OF YOUR DREAMS TURNS TO A FINK,
GET A DIVORCE OR MAKE A BIG STINK;
BUT IF YOU SEE HE'S NO GOOD FROM THE START,
DROP HIM FAST OR HE'LL BREAK YOUR HEART."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LAMENT ADVICE ; METER: IAMBIC TRIMETER ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB ; SIMILE INDIRECTION HUMOR MARRIAGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.325

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VERSE

WHEN YOU ARE MARRIED AND ARE DOING THE DISHES, THINK OF ME AND
MY GOOD WISHES.

Submitter comment: "VIRGINIA VERBEKE" IS THE NAME SIGNED UNDER THIS ENTRY IN THE
INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

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VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE IN A FLAT, SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOUR
LITTLE BRAT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE SLANG FOR CHILD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

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TELL YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

TELL YOUR MOTHER TO HOLD HER TONGUE,/FOR SHE LIKED BOYS WHEN SHE
WAS YOUNG./ TELL YOUR FATHER TO DO THE SAME,/ FOR HE WAS THE ONE
WHO CHANGED HER NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CENSURE OF PARENTS ; MARRIAGE ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Girl changing her name

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AUTOGRAPH RHYME (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

MARY ONCE, MARY, ALWAYS,/ SCHNEIDER ONCE, BUT NOT ALWAYS.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN INFORMANT'S EIGHTH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK IN 1934 (OCT.25)
IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN. INFORMANT'S MAIDEN NAME WAS SCHNEIDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE ; MEDIAL AND FINAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABAB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Girl changing her name

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME

MM[ WHEN YOU ARE MARRIED AND SETTLE DOWN,
SEND ME A PIECE OF YOUR WEDDING GOWN.

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1929-1933

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): ADVICE:POSITIVE ; MARRIAGE ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.345
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Matrimony

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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MM[ WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND HAVE TWINS,
DON'T COME TO ME
FOR SAFETY PINS

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1935

Data entry tech comment: LINES DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.342
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Matrimony

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VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE IN A FLAT, SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOUR
LITTLE BRAT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE ; SLANG FOR CHILD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 09-09-1972

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VERSE

WHEN YOU ARE MARRIED AND ARE DOING THE DISHES, THINK OF ME AND
MY GOOD WISHES.

Submitter comment: "VIRGINIA VERBEKE" IS THE NAME SIGNED UNDER THIS ENTRY IN THE
INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

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"THE THIRD MARRAIGE WILL BE THE LUCKY ONE."

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.41

Date learned: 11-10-1972

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RIDDLE

Q: ROUND AS AN APPLE, THIN AS A KNIFE;/ ANSWER THIS RIDDLE AND I'LL
BE YOUR WIFE.
A: A DIME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD FROM FRIEND IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): EATABLE (Q) ; MONETARY ITEMS (A) ; PERSON (Q) ; UTENSIL (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.545
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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HAPPY IS THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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PREDICTION, DIVINATION, OBSERVATION

"IF A GUY HAS LOTS OF HAIR ON HIS LEGS HE'LL MAKE A RICH HUSBAND."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS AT A BAND JOB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUSBAND ; LEGS ; MARRIAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-13-1971

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HAIR

TAKE A LOCK OF SOMEONE'S HAIR FROM THEIR COMB OR BRUSH,
STICK IT BETWEEN TWO PICTURES OF YOURSELF FOLDED OVER,
PUT IT BETWEEN THE PAGES IN A BOOK.
THE RESULTS ARE THE PERSON WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ALONE EVER.
20 YEARS LATER THEY WILL STILL BE IN LOVE WITH YOU.

Submitter comment: NOTE; THIS WAS THE WAY MR. BROWN GOT HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; LOVE ; MARRIAGE ; ROMANCE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 02-10-1972

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM IN LEBANON

THE OLDEST GIRL GENERALLY GETS MARRIED FIRST. IF THE OLDEST GIRL
DOES NOT GET MARRIED FIRST, PEOPLE THINK THAT THERE IS SOMETHING
WRONG WITH HER. THE YOUNGER SISTERS THEN MUST WAIT FOR THE OLDEST TO
GET MARRIED. THIS CUSTOM IS BEGINNING TO BE LOST AND PUT ASIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRONOLOGY OF MARRIAGE WITHIN FAMILY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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MARRIAGE CUSTOMS:

WHEN IT COMES TO MARRIAGE THE GREEKS FEEL THE OLDEST GIRL SHOULD BE
MARRIED FIRST AND THE REST FOLLOW IN SUCCESSION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRONOLOGY OF MARRIAGE WITHIN FAMILY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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SONG OF RELIGIOUS JEST

I DON'T WANT TO JOIN THE CONVENT, I DON'T WANT TO BE A NUN
FOR I AM A MEMBER OF THE KU KLUX KLAN, BROUGHT UP ON WHISKEY AND RUM
WITH A CIGARETTE YOU'LL FIND ME, AND A BOTTLE IN MY HAND.
OH I CAN'T STAND THAT SACRED SINGING, I CAN'T STAND THOSE
CHURCH BELLS RINGING
I DON'T WANT TO BE A NUN.

FOR I WANT TO GET MARRIED, I WANT TO BE A WIFE
I'M SICK AND TIRED OF THIS DAMN SINGLE LIFE.
TALL, DARK, AND HANDSOME; SHORT, SKINNY OR FAT,
I WANT TO GET TO MARRIED, AND THAT IS THAT.
 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 10-30-1969

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TELL YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; GIRL CHANGING HER NAME (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

TELL YOUR MOTHER TO HOLD HER TONGUE,/FOR SHE LIKED BOYS WHEN SHE
WAS YOUNG./ TELL YOUR FATHER TO DO THE SAME,/ FOR HE WAS THE ONE
WHO CHANGED HER NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CENSURE OF PARENTS ; MARRIAGE ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Girl changing her name

Date learned: 11-03-1968

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AUTOGRAPH RHYME (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; GIRL CHANGING HER NAME (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

MARY ONCE, MARY, ALWAYS,/ SCHNEIDER ONCE, BUT NOT ALWAYS.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN INFORMANT'S EIGHTH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK IN 1934 (OCT.25)
IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN. INFORMANT'S MAIDEN NAME WAS SCHNEIDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE ; MEDIAL AND FINAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABAB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Girl changing her name

Date learned: 10-00-1934

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HOLIDAY FUN

WHEN A CHILD, MRS. MALONY, AND OTHER YOUNG GIRLS OF THE FAMILY AND
NEIGHBORHOOD WENT AROUND BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S COLLECTING
PIECES OF CHRISTMAS CAKE FROM THE NEIGHBORS. IF A GIRL ENDED WITH
12 PIECES OF CAKE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MARRIED BEFORE HER NEXT
BIRTHDAY.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE WAS BORN AND
RAISED IN IRELAND

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Single dishes

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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